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Red-Blue chair

<i>Red-Blue</i> chair

Dutch, 1888−1964

Red-Blue chair

Manufactured 1966

Beech and plywood, painted

87 x 66 x 83.5 cm

Gift of Dr. Willem Sandberg, Amsterdam

Accession number:

B66.2120

Arts/Design and Architecture

The Red-Blue chair has no precedent in the history of chair design. It can, however, be seen as a skeletal version of the traditional armchair. It consists of seventeen standardized wooden elements, all readily available in lumber stores of the period. Rietveld left his Red-Blue chair unpainted until around 1923; only after joining the De Stijl movement in 1919 and absorbing the influence of Piet Mondrian’s paintings did he paint the chair in its famed primary colors.

Exhibitions:

The Design and Architecture Collection, Selected Works, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 25/07/2010 - 31/12/2010